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Nine contractors cited for worker-safety violations at Doral residential project

A model of an Oasis Park Square single-family home at the project’s sales center in Doral.
A model of an Oasis Park Square single-family home at the project’s sales center in Doral. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Workers building million-dollar homes at a residential development in Doral were at risk of falling from heights of up to 35 feet and allowed to work without wearing head gear or eye protection, federal inspectors found last November.

Now the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed fines totaling $152,200 for nine contractors found to have violated worker-safety regulations at Oasis Park Square, which was developed by the Shoma Group.

The contractors are: Shoma Alliance Management Corp., the project manager; Garmon Construction Corp.; Zavala & Associates Inc.; Blue Panther Roofing & Construction Corp.; PP All Corp.; Unity Windows Inc.; Fast Carpentry 1 Inc.; L.C. Service Drywall Inc.; and New World Masonry Inc.

“Shoma Alliance Management Corp. and its contractors exposed their employees to numerous safety hazards or permitted multiple risks, including falls that could have resulted in death or serious injury,” Condell Eastmond, director of OSHA’s Fort Lauderdale office, said in a statement.

The companies have 15 days to pay the fines or contest the inspectors’ findings.

In an email to the Miami Herald, Masoud Shojaee, chairman of Shoma Group, said worker safety is “paramount” to the Doral-based developer.

“I will be taking a much more aggressive approach with contractors who do not adhere to the strict safety requirements of OSHA,” Shojaee wrote.

Oasis Park Square contains 150 single-family homes and is part of a larger mixed-use project by the Related Group called CityPlace Doral.

The Oasis development is located between Northwest 87th Avenue and 82nd Avenue on the west and east, and between NW 33rd Street and NW 36th Street on the north and south. The homes start at an asking price of $1 million.